Aug 2,

No. 137

AMS Weekly Newsletter
Dedicated to the development of the future stewards of U.S.-China relations
This week we focus on challenges to Xi Jinping's power, a suyu used by Xi in a speech to the BRICS Business Forum , and job opportunities with the  US-China Business Council and the Department of the Air Force.
Weekly Readings

The opacity of Chinese Communist Party politics continues to confound observers inside and outside the system. As the United States puts in place a more competitive policy approach, understanding its political effects must surely be at the top of the priority list. The rumors swirling around Xi Jinping's trip and a revolt of the party elders serve as an important reminder of how much we do not know. Despite all appearances, Xi Jinping's power has been less cr eative than negative. He may have the power to take someone down, but is much more limited in his ability to make something happen. The methods Xi employed, however, have started to generate pushback, and the fears and expectations essay seems to express a number of grievances grinding at Chinese elites.

俗语 in Xi Jinping's Speeches

yù yǎn yù liè 

Meaning: grow in intensity, go from bad to worse

On July 26, in a speech to the BRICS Business Forum in Johannesburg, Xi Jinping used this suyu to describe how unilateralism and protectionism are getting worse. Xi offered attendees the stark choice of going back a century to when these attitudes were prevalent, or siding with China as they focus on technological improvements, shared prosperity, and improving global governance. The speech is worth reading in full.

Original: 地缘政治冲突此起彼伏,保护主义和单边主义愈演愈烈, 直接影响到新兴市场国家和发展中国家发展外部环境。
Job Opportunities

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) is a private, non-profit membership association that comprises more than 200 US companies engaged in commercial activities in China.  USCBC's Shanghai office seeks to hire a Business Advisory Services Manager, reporting to the Shanghai office Chief Representative. 

The position will start in the fall of 2018. The a pplication deadline is  Monday, September 17, 2018, although candidates are encouraged to apply early as USCBC is accepting on a rolling basis.

Readers can find more information about the position and the application process here.


The Department of the Air Force Air Education and Training Command is seeking to fill a Language Specialist position. Some responsibilities include i nterpreting Mandarin Chinese from and to English and translation of  open source papers and speeches relating to Chinese national military and doctrine.

Readers can find more information about the position and the application process here .

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